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Overcoming barriers to the ballot box

Winnipeg Indigenous Rock the Vote FB group is helping people navigate the electoral process

What issues are important to you that you think should be addressed in the current federal election?

According to Jackie Traverse, one of the founders of the Winnipeg Indigenous Rock the Vote Facebook group, issues like missing and murdered women and the environment are getting more Indigenous people interested in politics and keen on casting a ballot on October 19.

The Facebook group is encouraging Aboriginal people to vote and helping them navigate the voting system. Indigenous people aren’t inclined to participate in the electoral process; turnout among Indigenous populations tends to be very low. And with the passing of the Fair Elections Act, which puts stricter ID requirements on voters, there are greater barriers to participation.

But young First Nations people are taking it upon themselves to get involved in politics.

“There’s a lot of young people who are doing things that are innovative that I think are removing barriers,” he told Metro News.

Are politicians talking about the issues that matter to you?

 

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